Party shoes can be dressy or casual, and are festive in some way. They can make a subtle or bold statement, and do not need to be black. Think colour, texture, pattern and shine to amp up the fabness of a party shoe. Metallics and shades of red are a fun way to go. 

My rose gold party pumps that I’ve worn for years are no longer comfortable, so I replaced them with two pairs of yellow gold shoes. The Gentle Souls Ethan Loafers are trendy, a little chunky, and extremely comfortable. The Franco Sarto Caleigh Pump is not as soft and squishy, but have an ideal low heel, look dressier, prettier, more refined, and are a modern classic.

The top picks below have been winners on my clients, have rave reviews online, or simply caught my eye. Many come in multiple colour options, and across a range of widths.

  • J.Crew Avery velvet pumps with bow: One of the prettiest blush party pumps of the year. Comes in black. Very elegant on the foot. Need low volume feet to wear this style.
  • AGL Cocorito Block Heel Bootie: This bootie is a work of art. Showcase the style under cropped pants or with a dress or skirt. Very comfortable and works quite well for a high volume foot. Impeccable quality.
  • Sheridan Mia Lilly Velvet Floral Bootie: Fun boot if you can manage the heel height. Great for Team Moody Colours. Read the rave reviews.
  • J.Crew Metallic Bow Loafer: If I needed a flat gold loafer, this would be mine. Gorgeous quality, and works well on low to regular volume feet. Comes in black and white. Elegant and pretty on the foot. Refined. Well made.
  • BP Stella Pointy Toe Flat: A surprisingly comfortable flat if you don't need to wear supportive shoes. Can work on a wider foot. Nice to wear at home.
  • Jeffrey Campbell Siren Bootie: Sleek, fab and elegant. Works best on a low volume foot. Moderately comfortable, but you have to manage the heel height. Lots of fun colours.
  • MARC FISHER LTD 'Zala' Pump: A moderately comfortable pump. Very elegant on the foot. Can work on bunions and wider feet.
  • Adidas Superstar Sneaker: A little bling on an Adidas sneaker goes a long way. Suited to wide feet.
  • Kate Spade New York 'dolores' block heel pump: Moderately comfortable, and very dressy. Gorgeous on the foot. VERY sparkly.
  • Gentle Souls Eliott Block Heel Loafer: Comfy, trendy, and fun. Works on an assortment of foot shapes. Soft, with a roomy toe box. All the colours are nice.
  • Hispanitas Melita Boot: Beautifully made and very comfortable. Can work on high volume feet. Lots of room, and a fun texture.
  • Hispanitas Marilea Pump: Cherry red textured pumps that are soft and supportive can make your feet very happy. A classic that is on trend.
  • Hispanitas Mikayla Bootie: Fab booties for high volume feet and wider ankles. Very comfortable if you can manage the heel height.
  • Badgley Mischka Mandy Embellished Loafer Flat: Extremely pretty on the foot and is quite the work of art - but not very supportive. That said, not all feet need support, especially for party wear. Runs big and is cut wide.
  • Hispanitas 'Omega' Pump: Best low-heeled modern classic pump of them all. Killer comfort and very well made. Looks better on the foot. The shape moulds to an assortment of foot shapes.
  • TOMS Ella Bootie: Casual velvet for the relaxed party look. Tomboy. Read the rave reviews.
  • Tory Burch Carlotta Loafer Mule: Modern Retro mules for the at home event. Best on high volume feet.
  • Topshop Malone Block Heel Bootie: A little Mod Magic for Team Modern Retro. Reasonably comfy. Okay quality. Needs a narrower ankle.
  • J.Renee 'Dewport' Flat: Supportive flats with bling and a roomy toe box is fabulous. Read the rave reviews.
  • Jeffrey Campbell Siren Bootie: Sleek, fab and elegant. Works best on a low volume feet. Moderately comfortable, but you have to manage the heel height. Lots of fun colours.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto Hettie Pump: Versatile, comfy, and can work on wider feet. The pattern is lovely, and so is the cherry red.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto Rachella Flat: These loafers look better in person, and are suited to high volume or wider feet. Lots of room in the toe box. Too wide for low volume feet. Tomboy, and the metallics are subtle.
  • AGL Flower Beaded Pump: Extremely pretty on the foot. Elegant and ladylike. Works surprisingly well on higher volume feet, and feet with bunions. Works well on low volume feet if you size down half a size.
  • Naturalizer Emiline Flats: Supportive, comfy, and versatile. Roomy in the toe box. Looks trendy with party dresses. All the colours are nice.
  • Coconuts By Matisse Dotty Bootie: Fun velvet bootie for low volume feet and narrow ankles. Moderately comfortable.
  • Gentle Souls Ethan Pump: Dandy Fabness. More of a heeled loafer than a pump. It’s gloriously comfortable, super soft, and does not squish your toes. The stable block heel is magical. Visually, it shortens the foot a little, which might look stumpy so consider yourself warned. All the colours are nice. The gold is considerably brighter than the metallic brown or black patent. Works quite well for higher volume feet. My low volume feet were very happy and the gold followed me home as potential holiday party shoes. They are a good match with cropped jeans and trousers, and an unexpected match with dresses. I like them with dresses, and did not find them stumpy.
  • Franco Sarto Franco Sarto Women's Caleigh Pump: A comfortable and VERSATILE classic ankle strap pump with a low block heel. Wear it year round with or without hosiery. An easy party or office shoe. Lots of colours, of which some options are more comfortable than others. Will not work for wide feet. Read the rave reviews.
  • Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Kenmare Bootie: Good bootie for high volume feet and wider ankles. Quite comfy and supportive. The gold is as nice as the silver. Not so fab for narrow ankles and low volume feet.
  • Halogen Anita Bootie: GORGEOUS colour, and there are more fun colour options. I didn't find the style comfortable, but I am in the minority. Lots of rave reviews.
  • J.Renee Tustin Skimmer Flat: Decorative and fairly supportive flats for a wider foot. Not good for narrow heels. Good value.
  • Munro Allee Pump: Well made and on trend. Available in a variety of widths. The burgundy looks the most interesting and rich.
  • Sam Edelman Lulie: Fabulous Modern Retro low-heeled party shoes for low volume feet and narrow ankles. Cushioning and soft. Comfortable. The buckles might catch your ankle bone, but a little moleskin on the inside of the buckle solves the problem. They look most festive in pink velvet. Comes in wide widths.
  • Hispanitas Pandora Pump: Extremely comfy heeled loafer that's well made. Much more comfy than the Gucci heeled loafer. All the colours are nice.
  • Hispanitas Connie Block Heel Pump: Covered block heel pumps that work quite well on wider feet. Fab with ankle pants, skirts and dresses.
  • Sam Edelman Clover: A trendy classic for low to regular volume feet. Quite comfortable, and with a stable heel. I vote pink but the Bordeaux is nice too.
  • Bella-Vita 'Vivien' Pointy Toe Flat: A modern classic that's right back on trend. Available in FOUR widths and five colours, these more supportive ballet flats get rave reviews. I'm going to try the gold for Spring and Summer.
  • Steve Madden Ramone Floral Sock Bootie: For Team Low Volume Feet, Narrow Ankles & Calves. Moderately comfortable, and not for fussy feet. But SUPER festive and fun if they work out.
  • Steve Madden Vida Pointy Toe Bootie: These booties would be mine if the heels were lower. Very fun and festive. Moderately comfortable. Add a cushioning insole. For Team Low Volume Feet only.

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